The entire talk is well worth your 23 minutes, but his explanation of video streaming being bandwidth-limited vs web browsing being latency-limited (9 min mark) was the ton of bricks I most appreciated.
Accepting that it’s okay if the site looks “traditional,” and that I didn’t need to opt into a willfully esoteric design or interaction method to make a “statement.” Blegh to pointless statements.
Admitting that if I was writing a lot of markup or CSS, I was working against the grain of the web.
How very dao of him. I think that what makes a ‘designer’ a ‘web designer’ is the ability to recognize the grain of the web and a willingness to go with it. Being able to code is great, but paramount to that is the unique understanding designers who love the web possess. Convention can be good. Web technologies work best when they’re embraced all for their strengths and weaknesses. Great work, Frank! You’re one of the best web designers I know.
It’s 2014 and we continue to build a Web for what we consider to be the group most worthy of access: able-bodied, good-sight-and-hearing-having people, in a class that can afford high-bandwidth and memory for large asset loading sites.
Reading Jenn’s entire post will be well worth your time.
I enjoyed this 2011 BBC documentary on the making of the McLaren MP4-12C. Just as fascinating as the car itself, is the glimpse into the McLaren way: perfection plus one.
McLaren head, Ron Dennis on the working environment:
It’s less apparent that it [the building] is very clean. It’s less apparent that it’s odorless. It is also a constant temperature. We hold the whole building within 1° of 22°. There is no clutter in this building. Cluttered building, cluttered mind. It’s the attention to detail that I’m really quite well-known for.
I use the pseudo elements
:after to create layered type frequently on this site. In the case of this example, I repeat the title with CSS using something like
content:"unitasking";. It works, but as Brandon Durham points out, the redundant text presents potential problems for screen readers and SEO. In this video he proposes we use data attributes instead. Smart guy.
Web crusaders Eric Eggert and Chris Coyier point out in the comments that we may need to include an empty span within an element (like the h1 in the example) until
speak:none; gains more browser support. The helpful comments are here and here.